Sesali Bowen, a hip-hop journalist, mixes personal memoir elements with a broader cultural critique of how mainstream feminism has failed to integrate the general badassery she sees in her own life and the women of hip-hop. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
The following is a list of books with an empowering and self-affirming perspective written by and for Black women, and focused on the daily trials and joyful moments of life.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: I'm Speaking Now: Black Women Share their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope
The long-running “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series presents 101 stories and 12 poems written by Black women that tackle the gamut of lived experiences, sharing their failures and their triumphs from those failures. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Popular social media influencer and chef Tabitha Brown shares some of the wisdom that helped her heal, and ultimately thrive, after dealing with an undiagnosed autoimmune chronic pain disorder. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
St. Clair Detrick-Jules, an award-winning Afro-Caribbean filmmaker and photographer, shares stories and photographs of Black women celebrating their natural hair. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
This book takes on how the “strong Black woman” ideal puts undue pressure on Black women to act as problem solvers and caretakers, which ultimately hinders their own ability to care for themselves. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby, as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.